ANAHEIM, Ca. — American Sports Center played host to Open Gym Premier’s EBC Jr. All-American Camp this past weekend – one of the top middle school basketball events in the country.
The camp drew 560 of the top national players, ranging from second grade to eighth grade, for a three-day camp complete with top level training, testing and games, as well as media exposure from respected outlets from across the country.
Many of the players in attendance earned their invitation to the EBC All-American Camp through their performance at the EBC Regional Events that took place throughout the year.
The Elite Basketball Circuit makes stops in Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Colorado, Las Vegas, Oregon, Utah and Washington, giving players in those areas an opportunity to earn a spot in the distinguished EBC Jr. All-American Camp.
At the eighth grade level, 6-foot-7 forward Obinna Anyanwu of Cali Boost 16U, was impossible to stop on the offensive end which helped him earn MVP honors. Anyanwu was the most physically gifted prospect in the gym and used it to his advantage to bully his way to the basket and finish with authoritative dunks.
The Las Vegas Prospects’ duo of 6-foot-5 forward Anthony Swift and 6-foot-2 guard Drake Booker were impressive throughout the event, working well as a tandem in pick-and-roll situations.
Booker has an advanced feel for the game with the ball in his hands and has three-level scoring ability. Swift is a superb athlete who is fluid and mobile in transition and has impeccable timing when contesting shots at the rim. Offensively, Swift has good hands and soft touch around the basket.
Anyanwu’s Cali Boost teammate, two-way guard Paris Dawson, asserted his will on his opponents with his high motor game-in and game-out. The 6-foot-1 floor general used his strength and physicality to get to the basket at-will where he finished with ease.
Six-foot-7 forward Myles Clayton out of Northern California was one of more imposing defensive presences on the weekend. Clayton is quick off the floor and knows how to stay vertical on contest, blocking and changing shots while avoiding fouls.
Six-foot-2 guard Brandon Perez earned the MVP distinction at the seventh grade level, using his combination of size, strength and ball skills to get anywhere he wanted on the floor and score in the paint through contact.
Braeden Moore, a 6-foot-5 forward out of Nashville, Tennessee, was one of the more notable big man prospects at the seventh grade level. He showcased the ability to score inside with either hand, while also stretching the floor with touch to 3-point range.
Skyy Clark and Jeremiah Dargan were two of the most versatile prospects at their grade level. Both are rangy, smooth and athletic wings who have a nice combination of fluidity and ball skills for their age.
Barrington Hargress and Ray John Jackson displayed endless motors throughout the event, playing hard-nosed on-ball defense, with a lot of that defense being picked up 94-feet away from the basket.
Mikey Williams dominated the sixth grade level and earned MVP honors. Williams has an unmatched combination of size, strength, speed, athleticism and ball skills of which he can use to his advantage both inside and on the perimeter on the offensive end.
Below is a complete list of awards – MVP, All-Stars, Hustle, Defense and King of the Court – from each grade level.
Class of 2021 – 8th Grade
|MVP: Obinna Anyanwu||Drake Booker||Derrick Nettles||Anthony Swift||Demarshay Johnson||Paris Dawson|
Class of 2022 – 7th Grade
|MVP: Brandon Perez||Barrington Hargress||Jeremiah Dargan||Ray John Jackson||Braeden Moore||Skyy Clark|
Class of 2023 – 6th Grade
|MVP: Mikey Williams||Andrew Camacho||Jeremyah Aquino||Josiah Johnson||Kayden Lamebull-Ingram||Justyn Aquino|
Class of 2024 – 5th Grade
|MVP: Gabe Pickens||Trey Tolmaire||Mercy Miller||DJ Thomas||Marshel Sanders||Kainoa Marasco|
Class of 2025 – 4th Grade
|MVP: Cortevious Taylor||Legend Smiley||Gavin Sykes||Christopher Komin||Raymond Whitley||Kalek House|
Class of 2026-2027 – 2nd – 3rd Grade
|MVP: Justice Griffith||Jaleon Germany||Jahari Miller||Carey Mastin Jr.||Dash Lamebull-Ingram||Tekeio Phillips|
King of the Court
2nd – 8th Grade
|Dash Lamebull-Ingram||DJ Thomas||Joe Sterling||Andrew Camacho||Nachere Taylor||Daniel Rouzan|
Hustle and Defense
2nd – 8th Grade
|Charles Knight||McKae Amundsen||Titan Larsen||Tayvion Wilson||Christopher Walker Jr.||Nyale Robinson|
|Chez Andrew Bey||Trent Turner||Tanner Deal||Sean Quanico||Jeremiah Paul||Myles Clayton|